CDW Canada survey reveals nearly 20 per cent of Canadian businesses attacked by cybercriminals in past year

Data theft and mobile device security are top concerns for companies

ETOBICOKE, ON, July 8, 2014 /CNW/ - CDW Canada, a leading provider of technology solutions for Canadian organizations in the public and private sectors, today unveiled results from a customer survey that found nearly 20 per cent of Canadian businesses were attacked by cybercriminals in the past 12 months.

The survey asked if respondents had experienced security breaches in the past year and what their primary concerns around security were. Thirty-eight per cent said they treated cybercrime as a major concern within their organization. In addition, 32 per cent cited lack of employee training for security breaches.

Organizations' primary security concern was data theft, cited by 34 per cent of respondents, followed by information on personal and mobile devices at 25 per cent.

"IT security is clearly a major issue for Canadian organizations," says Daniel Reio, Director of Marketing for CDW Canada. "A large number of companies have experienced cyberattacks in the past year and as firms become more mobile, they increase the number of devices and data validation points they need to manage, heightening their risks. With the help of our technical experts and the products and services we offer, CDW Canada is well positioned to help organizations identify their gaps and ensure their IT infrastructure and important corporate information are secure."

CDW Canada's technology specialists help businesses of all sizes secure their environments and implement solutions to protect information that travels beyond the corporate network. For more information about CDW Canada's security solutions, visit:

CDW Canada's survey was conducted at the company's annual Business Technology Expo (BTEX) customer event.

About CDW Canada
CDW Canada is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare. Ranked the No. 1 solution provider in Canada on the Computer Dealer News Top 100 Solution Providers' list, CDW Canada has dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company's technology specialists and solution architects offer expertise in designing customized solutions and assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include software, network communications, notebooks/mobile devices, data storage and solutions such as virtualization, collaboration, security, mobility and data centre optimization. CDW Canada is listed on the Financial Post 500 list, as well as named a Great Place to Work® and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vernon Hills, Illinois-based CDW Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. For more information, visit

SOURCE: CDW Canada Inc.

For further information: Ryan Patrick/Cindy Watson, StrategicAmpersand Inc., (416) 961-5595,,

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